What Americans don’t know about their doctors and hospitals could be putting them at risk. Our annual report, Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation shows that not all hospitals perform equally when evaluated by objective, clinical outcome measures—mortality and complications. Now, more than ever, it's important to pick your provider before your plan.
Hospital Quality Outcomes 2014: Healthgrades Report to the Nation
The assumption that the nearest hospital is as good a choice as any other hospital is risky. Our annual report shows that hospital performance varies considerably among different procedures and conditions, as well as between hospitals within the same city. Higher complication and mortality rates not only have a personal impact on patients, they also drive up healthcare costs.
How We Measure Hospital Quality
Healthgrades rates hospital quality based solely on objective measures of performance—mortality and complication rates. Simply put, we ask if patients died or experienced a complication during their stay in the hospital for a range of common procedures and conditions. Healthgrades measures 40 million patient records from 4,500 hospitals nationwide for the most recent three-year period.
Pick Your Provider Before Your Plan
A survey of 1,000 consumers across the country reveals that Americans are virtually unanimous (97%) in agreeing that having the right information is the key to making good healthcare decisions. It’s important to evaluate the doctors you would have access to and the hospitals where they provide care—before you pick your insurance plan.
What to Expect from Your Hospital Care
When you need hospital care, it’s normal to feel a bit scared and perhaps confused about what to expect. Your doctor and other care providers are clinical experts, but you have an equal voice in your care. Listen for the three things to expect from your hospital experience.
Healthcare Quality Matters
It means the difference between life and death, or quickly getting back into action
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